Newsletter December 22, 2003

FCIA Conference Dates - Mark your calendars now for the FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference April 28 - 30, 2004 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA. The Program Committee is researching our FCIA Firestop Industry Conference - 5 Year Anniversary Gala", with St. Thomas USVI and Mexico locations on top of the list. The "Firestop Industry Conference" takes place November 10 - 13, 2004.

FCIA New Members visit the FCIA Firestop Industry Conference - We gained more Canadian Members this fall than ever! Three new members from Canada, Nexlevel Construction Solutions (Barclay Meyers), Interprovincial Insulation (Mike St. Jean), and Beverly Life Safety Contractors, (Allen Rams), join longtime FCIA Member Bruce Richards (Global Firestop Services) as our Canadian group.

FCIA Code Report - FCIA Code Committee Chair, Kathy Taraba, (1 Source Firestop, Inc.) reports that the NFPA Fire Protection Features meeting in December brought the industry another step closer to better fire protection through both passive and active fire protection systems. More on this in January.

FCIA Call for Committee Members - FCIA's Board approved a new committee appointment policy recently. FCIA Members who want to be part of a FCIA Committee apply for the committee. FCIA's Board approves the committee appointments at the January 14, 2004 Board Meeting. Don't miss the deadline date of January 10, 2004. Review committee updates, and our committee application form.

FCIA Goals - New Member Promotion, etc. - Have you ever been asked "What is FCIA"? by a friend, prospective member, or industry acquaintance? Here's our "Elevator Pitch", your 15 seconds to tell someone the good news of FCIA in a short time

"FCIA is a group of Specialty Firestopping Contractor Professionals concerned with fire / life and property protection in the construction industry. We promote fire and life safety though the use of the Specialty Firestop Contractor Concept in the industry”.

For more on FCIA's goals, visit the board area.

Watch for a FCIA new voting contractor member promotion in early January.

FCIA Website - www.fcia.org is constantly being visited by architects, code officials, prospective members and FCIA Members. Consider advertising on the site. Watch for details shortly about 2004's FCIA Advertising Opportunity Program.

FCIA on CSI Audio Exchange - FCIA Executive Director Bill McHugh was featured speaker on a Construction Specifications Institute National "Audio Exchange" on Firestopping. The Specialty Firestopping Contractor's role in the "Systems Installation Process", FM 4991, and ASTM E 2174 were discussed for the 1-1/2 hour seminar. Over 15 sites received the program, with between 1 and 20 people at each location, from Alaska to Washington, DC. FCIA has received calls with questions from participants already as a result of the program. To get a copy of the presentation, contact the FCIA office for a CD, or download it from the website. It's a 20 MB File, so DSL or faster is the best option.

Firestop Industry Conference "Ripple effect" - FCIA Conferences aren't over when Friday's last seminar is over. FCIA Member Mark Schneider, Albion Dispensing Solutions presented slides to distributors at a "SEAL" Meeting of distributors describing Firestop Contractor Dispensing needs so they can serve you better. Thanks, Mark!

New FM 4991 Approved Contractors - Congratulations, Richard Keeney, Firestop International, LLC, (Their 3 offices are FM Approved), plus John Cunsolo, Thomas J. Donnelly, Inc., on their recent FM 4991 Approval. FM 4991 Approval means increased investement in the operations of their companies. FCIA applauds their added commitment.

FCIA Members on the Move - Congratulations to Nelson Firestop personnel Craig Walkins, recently promoted to National Sales Manager, and Vickie Canada, new Marketing Manager. Dick Lintelmann, longtime Nelson Firestop National Sales Manager, has retired. We at FCIA wish all these members well in their new roles, and congratulate the FM 4991 Approval achievement.

FCIA Holiday Wishes - The holidays is a time to reflect on the good things that have happened this year, while taking stock in how we can improve life for our families, community and industry. With that in mind, take stock in what we have accomplished at FCIA in 2003, and look ahead to see how we can improve FCIA and our industry in 2004. Then, get involved in FCIA. It is worth your investment.

From our house to your house, may the spirit of the holidays be with you now and throughout the year. Best wishes for a healthy, prosperous 2004. I look forward to working with you in 2004 and beyond!

Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director

“Man who says it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.” --Chinese Proverb
Bill McHugh adds, "Woman should be part of this proverb too!!"

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